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HMEO/Mason/Curbsetter - Utilities - Department of Public Works

at City of Newton

Posted: 12/1/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 268376
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: online, helper

Job Description

PostedDecember 08, 2019
Employment TypeFull-time, Non-exempt
Compensation$21.30-$27.77 per hour
CompanyCity of Newton
Location1000 Commonwealth Ave, HR Dept., Room 210
Newton, MA 02459

Settled in 1630, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive villages. Located just outside of Boston, Newton is well respected for the quality of education, community life, exceptional homes, and beautiful open spaces. Newton has frequently been voted as one of the 10 best communities to live in. 

We place high value on diversity and on ensuring that City employees are representative of the multi-cultural community we serve, so we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application!

The City of Newton is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
We recognize and respect the amount of time you are about to invest by applying to this open position. If you complete this job application, you will be kept informed via email status updates (and text messages, if you opt in) throughout the evaluation process.

By continuing with this job application, you will be asked to answer job-specific questions. Please note that the questions contained in this job posting are our sole intellectual property.

Upon receipt of your responses, we will evaluate your submission. If selected for a personal interview, you will receive an email/text with scheduling instructions.

Thank You,
The Human Resources Department


Position provides skilled labor functions. Responsibilities include performing masonry, concrete, and curbsetting work, operating trucks required for work projects, and ensuring for the safe and efficient operation of vehicles.


Employee works under the general supervision of the Working Foreman. Employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently, with specific instruction. Any questionable cases are referred to the supervisor for clarification or interpretation. The employee's work is reviewed only to an extent sufficient to keep the Working Foreman aware of progress, and to insure.that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.


Position responsibilities require the use of judgment and initiative to interpret the numerous standardized practices, procedures, codes, or general instructions governing the work. Employee is expected to locate, select, and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation, or guideline for a given situation.

Errors can result in personal injury/loss, delay or loss of service, damage to ·equipment, or injury to others.
The position frequently has contact with the public or City employees, in person to respond to inquiries and provide information and assistance.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

Employee works outdoors around loud vehicles and equipment. Employee is exposed to outdoor weather conditions and moving mechanical parts more than 2/3rd of the time; toxic or caustic chemicals, and fumes and airborne particles up to 2/3rd of the time; and high places, traffic, up to 1/3rd of the time. Employee is required to stand, walk,use hands, and reach with hands and arms more than 2/3rd of the time; talk, listen, drive, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl up to 2/3rd of the time; and sit, climb, and/or balance up to 1/3rd of the time. The position frequently lifts and moves from 60lbs to over 1 00lbs. Equipment used includes trucks in excess of 26,001 lbs, light trucks, light equipment, pneumatic tools, power tools, and hand tools.

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

•    Stone, masonry, curbsetting, and concrete work
•    Truck driving and snow plowing practices and procedures
•    Occupational safety precautions

Skill in:

•   Safely and efficiently driving trucks and operating tools and equipment

And ability to:

•    Read and follow oral and written instructions
•    Perform strenuous physical work over an extended period of time and to lifts, carries, and places heavy objects


  • Performs laboring functions at work sites and construction projects
  • Prepares job sites prior to beginning work; measures and lays out work to be performed; determines proper grades; and measures for quanitity of materials needed for job
  • Ensures that all safety precautions are followed while performing work
  • Performs skilled masonry, concrete, and curbsetting work needed in the maintenance and construction of public work structures
  • Drives trucks to haul materials, plows snow, and operates sander and other vehicles as assigned
  • Performs a CDL circle check; lubricates, adds oil, inflates tires, and otherwise services equipment to ensure proper operation; reports any malfunctions to supervisor and may help with minor repairs and maintenance
  • Performs duties of laborer, operates jack hammer, shovels dirt, gravel and other materials
  • Participates in snow and ice removal operations and other emergencies as declared by the City
  • May provide guidance to a helper or laborer who performs task related work
  • Performs other similar or related duties as assigned/required

  • A candidate for this position should have a High School Diploma or equivalent; three to five (3-5) years of prior experience in masonry, concrete finishing, curb setting, truck driving, and snow plowing. A candidate for this position should have a valid Massachusetts driver's license.
  • A candidate for this position is required to have a Class B Commercial Driver's License. Class A preferred.

  • City Retirement (Mandatory)
  • Deferred 457 Plans (Optional)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Metro Credit Union